Vrindavan, 2018.03.24 (VT): The BTVP has announced plans to fill Mansarover with Ganga water via an offshoot of the Ganga canal. On Wednesday, Shailjakant Mishra, Vice President of the Braj Vikas Tirtha Parishad (BTVP) and the District Magistrate, Sarvagyaram Mishra, visited Mansarover to discuss the plans.
In October last year, the BTVP announced plans to renovate Mansarover including plans to build a toilet complex near the Radha Rani temple. On Wednesday, the VP and DM reiterated these plans as well as giving details of the plans for the cleaning and renovation of the kund.
VP Shailjakant said that Mansarover would be dredged and deepened by four feet before the Ganga water is brought in.
Mansarover is rare wetland grove and bird sanctuary, roughly five acres in size, a few miles across the Yamuna River from the town of Vrindavan. Local tradition has it that the lake, or ‘sarovar’, was formed from the tears of Sri Radha, while in an intensely emotional state of man (wounded love). She came here alone when she feared she had lost Krishna and cried so many teas that a lake was formed.
The way some locals tell the story, Radha Rani began to sink into the mud and was rescued at the last minute by Shri Krishna, who left the Rasa Lila to attend to her.
Mansarovar is mentioned in the Gita Govindam, but its hold on the spiritual imagination of Brijwasis has mostly developed through the oral tradition. There is an ashram at the temple and the temple holds frequent Katha programs, which are mostly attended by Brijwasis from the surrounding villages.
Unlike most sacred groves, no village has grown here. The lake gives the Radha Rani temple an atmosphere of quietness and peacefulness. The temple premises are large and outside of the main temple are several smaller temples. Some of the smaller temples remain locked and visitors have to take darshan through the bars, so it seems as though temple management has some difficulty in maintaining so many separate deities.
The lake needs to be dredged from time to time to remove excess dirt and vigilance needs to be maintained so that the lake remains free of invasive weeds and garbage. The BTVP plans to use the soil removed by the dredging of the lake to create an embankment and a parikrama path will be made that will allow visitors to easily circumambulate Radha Rani’s Mansarover.
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